Welcome to the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences New Brunswick/Piscataway

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences New Brunswick/Piscataway offers interdisciplinary PhD training in specialties including Biochemistry, Pharmacology (including a Cancer Biology Concenration), Physiology, Environmental Exposure, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Biomedical Engineering, Toxicology,and Neuroscience.  These graduate training programs are offered jointly with the Graduate School New Brunswick on our Piscataway and New Brunswick campuses.

In addition, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences, a Masters in Biomedical Science and an MS in Biomedical Sciences. 

Announcing the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship Award


The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at New Brunswick/Piscataway is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Keeler Scholarship.  This year’s award winners, Maria Isaac, Phillip Sgobba and April De Stefano will be completing a Master of Science in Biomedical Science degree.  We congratulate our students and express our warmest gratitude to the Keeler family, who made this generous scholarship possible.  



Read about MD/PhD Student Grace Ibitamuno Obienu who juggles 3 passions:medicine, community health and writing fiction. 
Click here to learn more about Grace



Congratulations to our first batch of iJOBS Phase 3 graduates from Dec 2016



Congratulations to the 2016 Shatkin Scholarship Winners in Oct 2016



Left to right: Fei Wang, Jim Millonig (Senior Associate Dean), Yuhan Zhao, Alexandra Nguyen (not picture)




Congratulations to the 2016 Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) Access Med students and GSBS mentors:

This year, as in the past years, GSBS mentors trained EIGHT BCP Access Med students for 4 weeks in their laboratories. All the students presented their research findings at the Student Research Symposium held on July 15, 2016 in the West Lecture Hall.


The Biomedical Careers Program (BCP) is an intensive six-week summer program offering academic enrichment in the sciences and health care orientated activities. BCP offers three levels of coursework and six different curricula for students at various stages of their undergraduate education. Each level includes a combination of lectures, laboratories, clinical correlations, and small group sessions.


BCP Access Med students 2016 

Yessenia Leon (M Bajpai);  Duniel Coke (L Runnels);  Valerie DeJesus (R Rasin);  Iman Ali (N Walworth);    Anevea Tinnery (M Goedken**/D Banerjee);  Becky Adu (S Varia);  Nanama O’Hene (J Shi);  Stephanie Amaefuna (D Banerjee/M Goedken**)  [From Left to Right, GSBS Mentors in parentheses] 


**Director, Research Pathology Services, ORED Translational Sciences, Rutgers University



Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Pipeline Program renewed!
Congratulations to Jerry Langer, PhD and Beatrice Haimovich, PhD on the renewal of a 5 year $2,365,247 grant from the NIH to enhance the training of under-represented minority students, and increase the number of Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds who continue into careers in biomedical research and who will eventually assume leadership roles in the field.  To learn more about the program, click here.








Sandra Gensini, from the Master of Clinical and Translational Science Program, received a travel award from the GSBS to present her work at the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress held in Jacksonville in Feb 2016. Her platform presentation was entitled “Outcomes of Hybrid versus open surgery for aortic arch disease in the Medicare population”





LABTV Profiles Lab Researchers


Blessy George, Heather McGowan, Xia Wen and Appoorva Halikere PhD Students studying at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, have been featured by LabTV’s “The Human Faces of Medical Research” podcast series.


LabTV is working to inspire the next generation of great young scientists by featuring the personal stories of young medical researchers in NIH-funded laboratories.


Please click on individual profiles for video.






USAID Experience


Two of our master’s students, Alex Kenefake and Ashley Millette, spent three months in Indonesia as USAID fellows last summer. Read what they had to say about this extraordinary experience. We encourage the incoming MBS class to consider applying for the prestigious USAID fellowship for an all paid summer research experience in Indonesia.


Alex Kenefake                                                                 Ashley Millette

GSBS  MBS                                                                        GSBS MBS


Click here to read all about Alex's Experience!                Click here to read all about Ashley's Experience!



Read about IMSD graduate student Eileen Oni and her experiences in the iJOBS program here



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Upcoming Events

  • For all events including career training and iJOBS activities as well as seminars and thesis defenses please visit our Google calendar and share it with your personal calendar.
  • For upcoming and past GSBS thesis defenses, click here.
  • For some upcoming seminars on campus, click here.

Recent News

  • Publications:

    Na Cai is first author on a paper in Scientific Reports, Feb 2017.  “Mass Spectrometric Analysis of TRPM6 and TRPM7 Phosphorylation Reveals Regulatory Mechanisms of the Channel-Kinases.”

    Larry Cheng is first author on a paper in Clinical Translation Medicine, February 2017.  “Integrating phosphoproteomics into the clinical management of prostate cancer.”

    Daniel Sharp is first author on a paper in Biomedicines, February 2017.  “Recombinant Poxvirus and the Tumor Microenvironment: Oncolysis, Immune Regulation and Immunization.”
  • Grants and Fellowships

    Alejandra S. Laureano received an NIH F31 entitled Role of Shox2 in Zebrafish Otic Neuron Development in December 2016

    Liping Lou
    received an American Heart Association fellowship "Control of the Mg-permeant Ion Channels by PDZ Scaffold NHERF Proteins" in December 2016

    Kyle Saitta
    received an NIH F31 fellowship "The role of CHPG in oligodendrocyte regeneration" in November 2016.

    Caroline Pantazis received an NIH F31 fellowship "Role of Lateral Hypothalamus Orexin Circuits in Cocaine Demand" in August 2016.

    Alexandra Legeza Nguyen received an NIH F31 fellowship "Investigating the Discrete Functions of the Aurora Kinases in Meiosis I" in July 2016.

    Anna Giarratana received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "Effect of Genetic Polymorphisms on Recovery and Treatment after Traumatic Brain Injury" in June 2016.

    Przemyslaw Swiatkowski received a NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research Fellowship "The Role of Cypin in Recovery of Electrophysiological and Cognitive Functions followint Traumatic Brain Injury" in June 2016.

    Urmimala Basu received an American Heart Association Fellowship "Mechanism and regulation of human mitochondrial DNA transcription" in May 2016.

    Vince Mirabella received an NIH F30 award "Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress as a Novel Mechanism of Synaptic Dysfunction in Autism Associated NLGN3 R451C Human Neurons" in February 2016.

    Olufunmilola (Funmi) Ibironke received a United States Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship for Graduate Environmental Study entitled "Air Pollution Particulate Matter Effects on Adaptive Human Antimycobacterial Immunity" in February 2016.

  • Awards and Internships

    Sarah Misenko received an Executive Women of New Jersey Scholarship.

    Dharm Patel received an AACR-Bristol Myers Squibb Scholar-in-Training Award in January 2017

    Eileen Oni
    received a Christine Mirzayan Science Policy fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences starting in January 2017

    Lisheng Zhou
    has an internship at Genewiz for the summer of 2016.

    Chenchao Gao has an internship at Genentech for 6 months starting June 2016

    Dharm Patel
    has an internship at Leo Pharma, Inc for the summer of 2016

    Almin Lalani
    has an internship at Novartis for the summer of 2016.

    Fei Wang
    has an internship at Tesla Motors, Inc doing data science for the summer of 2016.

    Yuan Liu
    has an internship at Genentech for the summer of 2016.

    The 2015-16 winners of the Aaron Shatkin Graduate Scholarshi:
    Swapnil Devarkar -
    PhD student in the laby of Smita Patel
    Heather McGowan-
    MD/PhD student in the lab of Zhiping Pang
    Katherine Morgan -
    MD/PhD student in the lab of Sharon Pine.

    Congratulations! The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Summer Research Fellowship Program was awarded another R25 grant from the NIH in November 2015.

    The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (PI Millonig) and Rutgers School of Engineering (PI Yarmush) are excited to announce that we have been awarded a 5 year NIH Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) grant.  Click here to learn more about iJOBS that launched in January 2015.
  • PhD Alumni News:
    Recent Graduates
    Eva Rubio-Marrero got a job at Celgene.
    Ina Nikolaeva
    got a job at Nucleus Global in March 2016.
    Andrea Gray
    , FDA in the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
    Aditi Dubey
    is doing a postdoc at NYU.
    Leonardo Valdivieso-Torres
    is doing a postdoc at University of Knoxville, TN
    Kristina Hernandez
    got a job at MediTech Media which is a part of Nucleus Global in November 2015.

    Winder Perez got a job at Stryker Corp as an Assistant Microbiologist in November 2015
    William Schneider
    , PhD, postdoc at Rockefeller
    Eric Joyce, PhD, postdoc at Harvard
    Arjun Sasikumar, PhD, postdoc at UC Berkeley
    Leia Miller, PhD, postdoc at the NIH

  • Alumni Data from exit survey (first position after graduate)
  • 68% postdoc, 17% research position in pharma/biotech, 9% research-related career (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 4% faculty/government position
  • Alumni Data from LinkedIn (current position)
    41% research in pharma/biotech, 24% research-related careers (e.g. consulting, science writing, patent law, non-profit), 20% current postdocs, 15% academic faculty positions
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